What is Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen?

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See also: Acetaminophen (Paracetamol)

Hydrocodone is an opiate pain medication used in the relief of moderate to severe pain. Acetaminophen (also known as APAP and paracetamol) is typically used for management of mild to moderate pain; when in combination, it increases the effect of hydrocodone.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 1,745 659
Fibromyalgia 743 296
Pain in lower back 360 156
Back pain 99 65
Muscle pain 76 48
Breakthrough pain 68 40

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 65
Moderate 209
Mild 393
None 369

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Side effect Patients
Constipation 146
Drowsiness 51
Nausea 51
Sleepiness 47
Dizziness 23
Brain fog 22

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Dosage Patients
500mg-5mg as needed 20
325mg-10mg as needed 15
325mg-5mg as needed 12
325 mg-10 mg four times daily 10
325-10 mg three times daily 9
4 x 325 mg-10 mg daily 6
325-10 mg four times daily 5
325mg-7.5mg as needed 5
325 mg-10 mg daily 4
325-5 mg three times daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

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Reason Patients
Other 189
Did not seem to work 181
Doctor's advice 156
Course of treatment ended 124
Side effects too severe 102
Personal research 30
Change in health plan coverage 20
Expense 14
See all 633 patients who’ve stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration

Currently taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 17
1 - 2 years 24
2 - 5 years 78
5 - 10 years 81
10 years or more 43

Stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 102
1 - 6 months 154
6 months - 1 year 92
1 - 2 years 98
2 - 5 years 129
5 - 10 years 59
10 years or more 31
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 605
Usually 263
Sometimes 145
Never taken as prescribed 23
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 37
Somewhat hard to take 99
A little hard to take 173
Not at all hard to take 727
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 13
$25-49 68
< $25 607
Not specified 346

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 38
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet 5/325) 7
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 6
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 6
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 5

Show all 32 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 24
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet 5/325) 22
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 17
Morphine (Morphine ER) 9
Fentanyl Transdermal Patch (Duragesic) 8

Show all 34 treatments patients report switching to

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132 patient evaluations for Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

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ljpwrites
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Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 63
Condition: CNS Lupus 10 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
CNS Lupus

See ljpwrites's full Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen history

Oct 22, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain in lower back)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: I have now switched to having my pharmacist compound hydrocodone without any tylenol in it.  My doctor was hesitant to prescribe this for me because my kidney function has deteriorated recently, and to my surprise he did not know the pharmacy could compound it.  I knew because I have a dog, and they cannot have the tylenol (at least, it doesn't help them any, and it makes cats very sick).  So, if you are interred, you must first find a compounding pharmacist  (mail order is an option, and you may have to educate your MD.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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God's Worshipper
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God's Worshipper
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Low
59 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Schizoaffective Disorder

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Sep 15, 2016 (Started Sep 08, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 325-5 mg Three times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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patient777
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patient777
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 53
Condition: Encephalitis 5 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: g
I have:
Encephalitis

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Jun 27, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

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